Plate fine quality white glaze; conventional floral design with pink, tulip, iris, cypress tree, etc., in blue, green and tomato red that comprise the center of the dish; band of spiral and foliage design in blue on brim; from Aynard Collection; so-called Iznik ware. Ottoman dynasty.

Plate, 16th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

This brilliant plate exemplifies the Ottomans' successful attempt at polychromy, in which a clear white body (tin-glazed earthenware) forms the ground for bright blue, green, and red underglaze motifs. The foliate rim is decorated in a stylized wave pattern ultimately based on a Chinese prototype. Because Ottoman sultans amassed large collections of Chinese ceramics, imported wares naturally influenced local production. The potters of Iznik, however, soon created an original decorative vocabulary. The tulips, pinks, irises, and cypress comprising the center of this dish, for instance, are not found in this combination on Chinese wares.

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Plate
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Artist
Dimension
11 3/8 in. (28.89 cm)
Accession Number
17.54
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Plate fine quality white glaze; conventional floral design with pink, tulip, iris, cypress tree, etc., in blue, green and tomato red that comprise the center of the dish; band of spiral and foliage design in blue on brim; from Aynard Collection; so-called Iznik ware. Ottoman dynasty.